Pontefract motorcyle racer Gaz Evans enjoys life in the fast lane.
The 29-year-old, who is married with three children, is looking for sponsorship to help him make a big impact in the 2014 season.
Gaz said: “I’ve plans to enter the Oliver’s Mount Series, the Southern 100, the NW200 and the Manx GP. I will be competing on a KS performance prepared ZX6 and ZX10, but as is always the case sponsorship is key to the season and I am always on the look out for new sponsors.”
He caught the bike racing bug six years ago when he went to the Isle of Man to watch the Centenary TT.
“I’ve always loved bikes and bike racing and for the rest of 2007 and all of 2008 I saved every penny I could and got myself a K6 GSXR1000 to go on track days with,” he said.
“In 2009, I took my first step into competitive racing and joined the Derby Phoenix Racing Club. In April, I entered my first race at Croft starting dead last in 38th and finished 15th. I got to half way through the season and at Anglesey I crashed and smashed my bike up beyond repair for the weekend.
“After a chance meeting with Luke Tansley and Carl Morris, who had a great sponsor in Paul and Pat Freeman (P&P Racing) it led to the offer of use of P&P’s spare CBR 600 for the weekend. Again starting from the back of the grid I climbed my way up to second novice and sixth overall for the first time on the bike ever.
“I was happy, as were Paul and Pat, who then offered me the rest of the season on the bike which I grabbed with open arms, finishing every race then on in in the top three novices and never out the top ten over all. Its was the start of a great relationship with P&P.”
In 2011, Gaz continued his outstanding progress, achieving three wins and finishing on the rostrum several other times. The following year he entered the Barry Sheene race at Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount and finished sixth on the final day.
He then entered his first major road race, the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man, finishing eighth in the consolation race and just missing out on a 100mph lap when he clocked 99.6mph.
Gaz said: “I headed straight back from the Isle of Man to Scarborough to enter the Cock ‘O the North at Oliver’s Mount. We were enjoying a great weekend until, while battling for the lead with Steve Hix, he unfortunately crashed and sadly passed away later that day. My thoughts will always be with his wife with Michelle and his family.
“Sadness aside, I had well and truly caught the bug for road racing and although in 2013 I competed in the Moto Grande Series, my focus was the Southern 100 and the Oliver’s Mount Series.
“In August I fulfilled my dream to race the famous mountain course on the Isle of Man. Entered in the newcomers race, with a massive help from Kev Spurr (KS Performance) and with the fantastic support of P&P racing,
“ I progressively got faster through all the practice sessions. I finished the race in 14th place, with a 108mph lap earning me a bronze replica, and qualifying for the senior race. Unfortunately the Senior Race was cancelled due to weather, depriving me of the chance to go even faster, but definitely leaving some unfished business.
“Unfortunately P&P are no longer in a position to help me for the 2014 season, but I would like to thank Paul and Pat for all their help and support the past few years.”
Anyone who can help Gaz with sponsorship can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or obtain details from his website www.gazevansroadracing.com